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Heart on Your Sleeve Sweatshirt

Heart on your Sleeve Sweatshirt

Put Your Heart on Your Sleeve (Literally!) with Perfect Appliqué Fusible Web

Whip up a Heart on Your Sleeve Sweatshirt in no time. This is a great Valentine’s Day or date-night garment, which is easily dressed up or down depending on your accessories and shoes.



Create a heart template for the sweatshirt using plain old paper or card stock. Fold a 5″ square in half and draw half of a heart.

making heart template

Cut along the line, and then open up the heart. Place it against your elbow to ensure it fits.


Wash and dry the sweatshirt and knit fabric in the same manner as you will for the finished garment. Iron the fabric and sweatshirt to remove any wrinkles.

Try on the sweatshirt and use the heart template to mark each appliqué center placement along the sleeve. Make sure the bulk of the hearts are covering the elbow area, if desired. If you don’t have a helper, it’s easiest to pin-mark this placement on each sleeve.

try on and pin-mark sleeve

Take off the sweatshirt and adjust each pin-mark so they’re symmetrical.

pin-marks on elbows

Fuse a rectangle of Perfect Appliqué to the wrong side of the knit fabric square. (It may be difficult to discern the fabric wrong side. Typically, knits roll to the right side when stretched. Or, pick a side and stick with it! If you can’t tell, no one else will, either.)

After fusing, draw two hearts on the paper side of the fusible web. Cut out each heart.


Place each heart on each sweatshirt sleeve, using the pin marks as a center placement guide. Use KK 2000 to temporarily secure the appliqué hearts in place, and then remove the placement pin-marks.

placement of hearts on sleeves

Set the iron on a low- to medium heat. Fuse each heart in place, lifting the iron up and down (rather than back and forth) until completely fused.

fusing one heart on sleeve

Let the sweatshirt cool.

TIP: It’s important to study the fabric content of your sweatshirt before applying fusible web to ensure it can withstand heat from an iron!


Thread the hand sewing needle with two strands of Cotton Petites Thread. A Blendables variety gives a nice color variation without having to swap thread colors during the stitching process.

Sulky Cotton Petites Blendables Thread

Hand stitch the heart appliqués. Choose a blanket stitch, running stitch or even a whipstitch, depending on the desired final look.

TIP: To ensure the stitches are the same width apart (in this case, 1/4″ from each other), mark quarter-inch marks on your thumb to use as a guide during the stitching process.

stitch length hack

Knot the thread tails at the stitching beginning. When stitching is complete, bring the threads to the back of the work and tightly knot them close to the fabric wrong side without causing puckering or bunching. Then, trim the thread ends.

close up of finished sweatshirt

TIP: Add a hand stitched phrase to the heart center, if desired. Or choose a print knit fabric for the hearts for a pop of color and fun.

Now, it’s time to wear your heart(s) on your sleeve(s)!

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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!